Grandpa Gets Yanked From Family Flight For "Bomb" Joke
When you think about
it, who would answer "yes" to the inane questions they ask when
you're checking in at an airline? ("Did you pack your own luggage,
Mr Abu el-Boom-Boom Emir?") So far, these questions have netted a
100% haul of people who made ill-timed "bomb" jokes, ranging from
former presidential candidate Mike Dukakis to the latest,
Australian granddad Barry Williams.
Williams was joking around with his family in Hobart, Australia
on July 1st as they prepared to board a Jetstar airline flight to
Melbourne, when the gate agent asked him if he had anything
inflammable or dangerous in his baggage.
"There's two bombs in that bag," Williams quipped.
You could say that punch line brought down the house. Williams
got to meet new people and see new places unexpectedly.
Ultimately, Williams pled guilty to "Making a Threat of an Act
of Unlawful Interference with Aviation" in Hobart Magistrates Court
on December 2nd. He faces sentencing on Tuesday, after apologizing
and admitting the act.
Williams, the Australian authorities have better uses for their
prisons than confining him -- he faces, at most, a stiff fine of
While he was extremely remorseful, his attorney, Wayne Olding,
suggested that the ill-taken joke was a consequence of Williams's
lighthearted approach to life. Williams, Olding said, believes
that, "If you've lost your sense of humor, you've lost the
He's now learned the danger of keeping your sense of humor about
you, when all around you, people are losing theirs.
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